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While there are many similarities to manufacturing other types of goods, computer and electronic equipment have the shortest product life cycle due to rapidly advancing technology. This is one of the primary driving forces that influences the design of systems used to manufacture and assemble these goods.
Integrated Systems Design is no stranger to flexible manufacturing. With our background providing systems to the automotive industry, we learned to design and build flexible electronic manufacturing equipment years ago. While we don't venture into circuit board and micro-electronics assembly and testing, we do offer systems and equipment for the processing of other components such as the manufacturing of case and other hard components and the final assembly of electronic goods. When we design these systems, we always have an eye on what the future might hold for your operation.
In order to address the ever changing volume of parts, assembly sequences and product dimensions, we use highly flexible process equipment to address your needs.
- Flexible, modular, pallet-based assembly conveyor helps accommodate changing work flows, product dimensions and assembly requirements and allows multiple products to be assembled concurrently.
- Manufacturing Execution Software (MES), with the capability to expand and accommodate hundreds of products and assembly steps with minimal modifications, is used to schedule assembly work; track events and collect data at each station; and promote proper processing.
- Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems (AS/RS) can store and retrieve components as well as Work In Process (WIP) and can be driven by the MES system to anticipate demand.
- Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) or Automatic Guided Carts (AGCs) can be used to bring components or WIP to the assembly line and move completed products to packaging, shipping or other locations in the facility.
- Bar code and RF scanning equipment identifies and tracks assemblies through the system and can be used to identify the components added to each assembly.
- Industrial power tools, such as DC electric screwdrivers and nutrunners tied to the MES system ensure that assemblies are properly fastened and provide history to the MES system to document assembly activity.
- Ancillary products such as poka-yoked pick-to-light bins and vision verification tied to the MES system help eliminate improper assembly, reduce rework and improve quality. They also provide assembly history that can be stored and analyzed.
A well designed assembly system isn't beneficial just during the actual assembly process. Its benefits have value after the products have shipped by aiding continuous improvement activities.
- Data collected during assembly can help limit the scope of product recalls and replacements
- Historic data from product assembly can help identify tampering issues
- Assembly data can be used to identify problem assembly processes or assemblers
- Torque data can be used to predict tool failure or the need for recalibration
An Integrated Systems Design flexible assembly system can quickly pay for itself in time savings and other efficiencies. So when your next new assembly line is on the drawing board or you're ready to add additional features to your current system to improve its performance, give us a call. We're ready to show you how we can improve your process and your bottom line!